September Food for Thought

Building Antiracist Families and Communities

September 17, 7-8:30pm, on Zoom (Contact adultprograms@follen.org for link.)

How do we address and upack our biases?  How do we become more comfortable speaking about issues of racism? How can anti-racism work become a part of our spiritual practice?

Come join Regie and Katie O’Hare Gibson as they share stories of dealing with these issues both as individuals and as an interracial family in Lexington. We invite you to share your stories and ideas to build our anti-racist practice at home and within our larger community.

The Adult Programs Coordinating Committee is collaborating with Follen Responds to Racism and the Urban Ministry Congregational Team for the first Food for Thought of the new church year.  We cannot provide dinner but please join us on Zoom for a presentation by Regie and Katie O’Hare Gibson followed by small group and whole group discussions.

More about the speakers:

Katie O’Hare Gibson, (She/Her) M.Ed. in Organizational Management, Endicott College; M.Ed., Lesley College; B.S., Boston University; IDEAS Instructor, Assistant Principal of the Maria Hastings School in Lexington, MA.  Katie is dedicated to this work in response to the words of Lilla Watson, “If you have come here to help me, you are wasting your time. But if you have come because your liberation is bound up with mine, then let us work together.”

Literary performer and educator, Regie O’Hare Gibson, is a Brother Thomas Fellow and has served as a consultant for both the National Endowment for the Arts and the “Mere Distinction of Color”: an exhibit at James Madison’s Montpelier examining the legacy of slavery and the U.S. constitution. Regie has performed with and composed texts for, The Boston City Singers, The Mystic Chorale and the Handel+Haydn Society. He was Poet-in-Residence at Cary Memorial Library, and teaches at Clark University.

Here are the resources we talked about:

An Uncomfortable Truth

All Together Now video (specifically the piece called “From Old Heads to Youngbloods”, timestamp 5:50-14:44)